Molly Kay

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Mother of boys on the autism spectrum and a daughter who isn't. Interested in natural living, permaculture, music, history, books, and all kinds of other things.
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Congratulations, new stewards!

Steven Lindsay wrote:bootup

I like this, but spell it BootUp maybe?

Jordan Holland wrote:

Maieshe Ljin wrote:

This might be one of the habits for such an old environment playing out right now—bypassing feeling and going right into trying to solve a problem. But whatever it is, wild places seem to allow space for negativity and hope alike—instead of fighting for space in a cramped, contracted mind, they can both exist simultaneously.

Very astute! Nature always finds a balance, and we come from nature.

Admitting upfront that I have not read the article posted in the OP (at least, not recently, it does ring a bell so maybe I've read it before) nor the one posted just before my writing this about positive mindset, but I want to say that I agree with the above. Balance is key. Balance is also often frustratingly hard to find. Also, I took an online course about mindset, and I have to say that having a generally positive mindset (as per my understanding of the term mindset) can be a good thing. It's not the same as always being positive (something I find impossible). We humans have this tendency to use the same words but with different meanings for them and it's really hard to understand each other as a result. The "mindset" in that article might not be what I'm thinking of as "mindset."

Anyway. This thread reminds me of something I saw on Pinterest, which I've had to edit because the original wording doesn't include the "toxic" part but really should...

The antidote to negativity is not toxic positivity, it's warmth.
Toxic positivity tells a sad person there's no reason to be sad.
Warmth asks the sad person if they want to go get some ice cream.

To me, that illustrates the whole point so well. I think warmth could even be changed to sympathy or empathy, both of which seem in short supply in the world.
3 months ago
I have four children. Three are on the spectrum. I wish there were more resources available in our area, and in general. It would be amazing to be able to live a full-out permaculture life in the country, away from highways and trains. That's the dream, but reality keeps making it seem farther and farther away. I'd love a permaculture approach to helping my boys. I'd love any approach that we could use. We don't live in a great area resource-wise, and moving isn't an option.

At the moment, things are okay, but I worry about their futures, especially our youngest who is the most affected by ASD and is Type 1 diabetic as well.

4 months ago
What a beautiful cover! Congratulations on finishing your book.
5 months ago

Thekla McDaniels wrote:I favor original covers, painted by real people, for specific books.

I thinks the publishers could afford to pay the artist a reasonable fee.  I believe it contributes to the problem of costs, that top CEOs get exorbitant incomes, and bonuses for increased profit margins.

We could have original cover art but for the epidemic of greed which has gripped USA’s community.  

PS the display of reused stock photos was an eye opener for me!  I mostly live in the world i prefer, had no idea such a thing has been going on!

It's gotten worse. I've seen stock photos on novels published by some of the bigger companies.
5 months ago
Friday is pizza night. Not alliterative, but's pizza!
5 months ago
My husband has grown some apple trees from seed. One is producing good sized apples that look good, are juicy and crisp, and have really underwhelming flavor (I'm hoping that improves with time, as some apples do). The second one seems to have gotten the worst of the drought this year and the apples are much smaller than last year's crop. The third is a very slender tree with little brown apples the size of gooseberries, which we haven't tasted. Those are the three that bear fruit so far. Some trees are "shy bearers" and take longer, so we'll keep watching the others.

The thing about growing apples from seed is that you have no idea what you're going to get. Apples have more genes than humans do, and any combination of the genes can show up in the fruit from a seedling/pippin. That's likely why so many people think apples from pippins are largely worthless, because of the unpredictability.

When you plant a seed from say a Gingergold apple, which is a cross between Golden Delicious and Newtown Pippin, the resulting seedlings aren't limited to just producing Gingergold, Golden Delicious, or Newtown Pippins, but literally any of the ancestors of those apples can show up, including whatever naturally grew on the rootstock of the ancestor trees. It's fascinating stuff!

You could plant 1,000 seedlings and end up with only one that produces good eating apples, but the wealth of variety and biodiversity in those 1000 trees would be amazing! Disease resistance, unique adaptation to climate, hardiness and long life, what kind of treasures are hidden in those seeds? Only one way to find out...plant those babies!
6 months ago
This year nothing grew well really. We didn't plant as many vegetables as we normally did but the drought made all the harvests less, except for two apple trees. Interestingly, one of the apple trees with stunted fruit is the same age as one with normal sized fruit. There's not a huge difference in how low/high their respective spots are either, as our land is mostly flat and even.

In a more "normal" year I have trouble with watermelons, bell peppers, and I've only planted parsnips once but got nothing. Also had no success the one time I tried growing an eggplant, and minimal success with pumpkins. I try to keep to varieties with a short growing season, but even then some things just don't seem to like me. I've struggled with fruit trees as well, other than the one that was here when we moved in, and two that were transplanted from another place with decent growth on them. Maybe we just need to buy bigger/older trees and plants. Not great soil in general around here. It's sandy and acidic, so the blueberries dying is a mystery. My two currant plants have survived this year, but the gooseberry died.